Pokemon Go Move Guide: Updated List of Best Moves in the Game

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Pokemon Go is available for iOS and Android devices.

In the latest Pokemon Go gym update, players can acquire Technical Machines, items that are used in order to teach a Pokemon new moves. In order to know when to use this item, players must have a firm understanding of which moves are most desirable and which moves could be replaced.

When assessing this, however, there are quite a few factors to take into account. One of them is the damage the move deals out per second, but another is the move’s power. Also worth taking into consideration is the energy per second, which means speed at which an attack fills the charge move bar.

You’ll only be able to get a Technical Machine through Raid Battles. This item is sometimes given out as a reward for completing battles, although it seems that it’s given out very rarely from Tier 1 and Tier 2 battles but given out more frequently from Tier 3 and Tier 4 battles.

Ranking purely in terms of damage inflicted per second, currently the best move in the game is Brave Bird. This is a move attainable by Pokemon such as Pidgeot, Dodrio, and Skarmory. The second most powerful move is Future Sight, attainable by Pokemon such as Alakazam, Xatu, and Espeon.

Based on damage per second, here’s the current list of best moves in the game via The Silph Road. Note: Niantic is always adjusting moves in Pokemon Go, but this list is accurate as of June 28th:

MoveDamage Per SecondPowerEnergy Per Second
Brave Bird45900
Future Sight44.441200
Stone Edge43.481000
Close Combat43.481000
Petal Blizzard42.311100
Gunk Shot41.941300
Blizzard41.941300
Thunder41.671000
Megahorn40.91900
Hurricane40.741100
Focus Blast401400
Overheat401600
Hyper Beam39.471500
Hydro Pump39.391300
Zap Cannon37.841400
Flash Cannon37.041000
Solar Beam36.731800
Psychic35.711000
Foul Play35700
Sky Attack35700
Sludge Bomb34.78800
Grass Knot34.62900
Power Whip34.62900
Wild Charge34.62900
Sludge Wave34.381100
Fire Blast33.331400
Avalanche33.33900
Dynamic Punch33.33900
Heavy Slam33.33700
Cross Chop33.33500
Earthquake33.331200
Moonblast33.331300
Shadow Ball33.331000
Stomp32.35550
Hyper Fang32800
Thunderbolt32800
Flamethrower31.82700
Heat Wave31.67950
Iron Head31.58600
Play Rough31.03900
Rock Slide29.63800
Dragon Claw29.41500
Leaf Blade29.17700
Drill Run28.57800
Dazzling Gleam28.571000
Outrage28.211100
X Scissor28.13450
Power Gem27.59800
Ice Beam27.27900
Submission27.27600
Flame Burst26.92700
Cross Poison26.67400
Dark Pulse26.67800
Ice Punch26.32500
Aqua Tail26.32500
Rest26.32500
Body Slam26.32500
Seed Bomb26.19550
Drill Peck26.09600
Brine26.09600
Discharge26650
Signal Beam25.86750
Fire Punch25550
Thunder Punch25450
Dragon Pulse25900
Brick Break25400
Magnet Bomb25700
Bone Club25400
Bug Buzz24.32900
Gyro Ball24.24800
Psyshock24.07650
Mud Bomb23.91550
Rock Blast23.81500
Sludge23.81500
Bubble Beam23.68450
Shadow Punch23.53400
Energy Ball23.08900
Mirror Coat23.08600
Night Shade23.08600
Draining Kiss23.08600
Aerial Ace22.92550
Bulldoze22.86800
Psystrike22.731000
Night Slash22.73500
Aurora Beam22.54800
Air Cutter22.22600
Flame Wheel22.22600
Rock Tomb21.88700
Water Pulse21.88700
Psybeam21.88700
Crunch21.88700
Ominous Wind21.74500
Scald21.62800
Horn Attack21.62400
Swift21.43600
Dig21.281000
Low Sweep21.05400
Heart Stamp21.05400
Wrap20.69600
Poison Fang20.59350
Ancient Power20700
Sand Tomb20800
Hydro Pump (Blastoise)20900
Silver Wind18.92700
Flame Charge18.42700
Vice Grip18.42350
Icy Wind18.18600
Disarming Voice17.95700
Aqua Jet17.31450
Shadow Sneak17.24500
Twister16.07450
Struggle15.91350
Steel Wing13.75117.5
Iron Tail13.64156.36
Dragon Tail13.64158.18
Rock Throw13.33127.78
Counter13.33128.89
Razor Leaf13137
Shadow Claw12.8698.57
Giga Drain12.82500
Fire Spin12.73149.09
Confusion12.5209.38
Poison Jab12.5108.75
Fire Fang12.22118.89
Dragon Breath1268
Scratch1268
Bite1268
Vine Whip11.67710
Pound11.67710
Air Slash11.67148.33
Rock Smash11.54157.69
Metal Claw11.43810
Acid11.25910
Frost Breath11.11108.89
Feint Attack11.111010
Extrasensory10.911210.91
Zen Headbutt10.91129.09
Snarl10.911210.91
Mud Slap10.71158.57
Scald (Blastoise)10.64500
Ice Shard101210
Karate Chop10812.5
Low Kick10610
Bullet Punch10911.11
Bubble101211.67
Hidden Power101510
Water Gun (Blastoise)10106
Cut10510
Water Gun10510
Tackle10510
Lick10512
Quick Attack10812.5
Struggle Bug101510
Sucker Punch10711.43
Bug Bite10512
Peck101010
Ember101010
Wing Attack10811.25
Mega Drain9.62250
Infestation9.091012.73
Parabolic Charge8.93250
Volt Switch8.702010.87
Wrap Pink8.62250
Wrap Green8.62250
Spark8.57612.86
Mud Shot8.33511.67
Hex8.331012.5
Psycho Cut8.33513.33
Poison Sting8.33511.67
Thunder Shock8.33513.33
Fury Cutter7.5315
Bullet Seed7.27812.73
Astonish7.27812.73
Charge Beam7.27813.64
Powder Snow6615
Transform000
Splash0011.56